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Branden Albert, Julius Thomas trades official

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The Dolphins and Jaguars agreed on a pair of trades a while ago, but they couldn’t become official until the new league year started on Thursday afternoon.

We crossed the starting line at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday and the two trades have crossed the finish line.

While the same two teams are involved in both deals, they are two separate transactions. Left tackle Branden Albert will go from Miami to Jacksonville in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft while tight end Julius Thomas will move in the opposite direction with a 2017 seventh-rounder going back to the Jaguars.

Thomas, who also reworked his contract with the Dolphins, hopes to recapture some of the success he had in Denver now that he’s playing for Dolphins head coach and former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase again. Albert will take over for Kelvin Beachum on the Jaguars’ offensive line.

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5 Responses to “Branden Albert, Julius Thomas trades official”
  1. minson15 says: Mar 9, 2017 4:27 PM

    Why didn’t they just trade straight across player for player. I get the two picks are in different years but wow.

  2. laxcoach37 says: Mar 9, 2017 4:33 PM

    Not the greatest blockbuster deal in the world, but the Dolphins needed a TE and was going to cut Albert. So, Thomas has much more upside and they saved $5.5M in process. Thank you Tunsil Gas Mask Photo Uploader! Best of Luck to Branden Albert!

  3. mikebel11 says: Mar 9, 2017 4:33 PM

    What was the reasoning behind the two separate deals? Is there some sort of consideration for compensatory draft picks since each player was traded for a pick rather than a player? There has to be a reason they did it that way?

  4. mikebel11 says: Mar 9, 2017 4:33 PM

    Cap penalties maybe?

  5. damadhatterb says: Mar 9, 2017 4:51 PM

    To those asking about why the deals had to be separate, it is because both players had to restructure their contracts and since players were being traded to other teams, the players themselves had to agree with the terms. The deals were seperate in case one of the deals changed before it could legally happen (today after 4 pm est).

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